Gambling: Vegas, Birmingham, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gambling: Vegas, Birmingham, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Harry Belafonte

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A participant’s portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, from Harry Belafonte’s memoir of activism and entertainment, My Song.

Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 was one of the most segregated cities in America. It had segregated lunch counters, restrooms, and water fountains. It had a nickname, “Bombingham,” for the homemade bombs detonated by local Klansmen.  And it had Eugene “Bull” Connor, a racist police chief with a hair-trigger temper. It was here that Dr. King and his advisers, Harry Belafonte among them, rolled the dice on an enormous action which would rejuvenate the civil rights movement.

Harry Belafonte is one of America’s greatest entertainers and also one of our most profoundly influential activists. During the 1960s he befriended MLK and began using his celebrity in support of civil rights and other social causes. This is Belafonte’s personal story of fame, performance, and a lasting friendship.  From stages in Vegas to political salons in New York, to the streets of Birmingham and letters from Birmingham Jail, Belafonte gives the reader a unique view of Martin Luther King, Jr. at one of his finest moments.  

An eBook short. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101912010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Harry Belafonte’s 1956 album Calypso made him the first million-selling recording artist in history. He has won both a Tony Award and an Emmy, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Pamela.

Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, is the author of Irwin Shaw; The Car That Could; The Killers Within (with Mark Plotkin); and Coal River, which recounted the efforts of Appalachian activists to stop devastating coal removal practices in West Virginia. He lives in Bridgehampton, NY, with his daughter, Jenna.

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